What is truthfulness? It is the speaking of words
Which are entirely free from harmful effects.
Even falsehood is of the nature of truth,
If it gives good results free from fault.
Let a man not speak as truth what he knows to be false,
For his conscience will scorch him when he has lied.
He who lives truly in his own heart,
Truly lives in the hearts of all people.
Those who speak only truth from the heart
Surpass even penitents and philanthropists.
No prestige surpasses the absence of falsehood;
All other virtues flow from it effortlessly.
Not lying, and merely not lying, is beneficial
For those who can't practice and won't practice other virtues.
Water is sufficient to cleanse the body,
But only truthfulness will purify the mind.
Not all lamps are effective lamps.
The lamp of nonlying is the wise man's lamp.
Among all great truths which we have ever beheld,
Not one can equal the goodness of veracity.
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